Thursday, October 22, 2009

DDA Seeking Nominations for "Downtown First Awards"

The Clayton Downtown Development Association is seeking nominations for the inaugural "Downtown First Awards" which will be presented on November 9 at the DDA's Awards Dinner.

DDA President, Ed Knight said, "This is our opportunity to publicly recognize the people and businesses that are making a difference in downtown Clayton,"

The awards include: Outstanding Downtown Business; Outstanding New Downtown Business; and Outstanding Individual within a Downtown Business or Organization.

Nominations must be received by the DDA no later than Tuesday, October 27.

Nomination forms are available online and at The Clayton Center (reception desk), 111 E Second Street; Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 Church Street and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E Main Street.

Tickets are available for the DDA Awards Dinner November 9 at the Clayton Steakhouse.

Highlights will include a review of the year's accomplishments and recognition of outgoing DDA members.

A social time with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 pm and time to bid on Silent Auction items. A guest speaker and musical guest will also be featured. Tickets are $20.00 per person which includes dinner, beverage and dessert, with proceeds to benefit CDDA projects.

The DDA will announce the 2009 NC Main Street Champion, who will also be recognized at the NC Main Street Annual Awards Dinner in New Bern on January 28. Past recipients have been Barry Woodard and Joyce Blackley.

All DDA board members and committee members will have them for sale and they are available at these locations:

Blackley's Printing, 229 E Main Street; Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street; Fancy That, 120 E Main Street. For more information please contact Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen at or 553-1545.

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